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Author in Residence
Red Apple Gala
PCEF Riases $1 Million
Teacher Spotlight

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Red Apple Gala
Sept. 20, 2014

Beat the Call
Sept. 29 - Oct 10

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Author in Residence Comes to Park City   

You're invited to a FREE community conversation with award winning author Reyna Grande on September 17th at 7:00 pm, in the Large Lecture Hall at PCHS. 


Ms Grande is this year's PCHS Author-in-Residence. Every PCHS student read "The Distance Between Us," this past summer, in preparation for this college-level experience.


In her memoir, Reyna writes about her life before and after illegally emigrating from Mexico to the United States. A National Book Circle Critics Award finalist, The Distance Between Us is an inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life. The Los Angeles Times hailed it as 'the Angela's Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience."


PCHS students will hear Grande's perspective on writing and the immigrant experience in America in their English classes on the 17th and 18th.


We are thrilled to offer this free opportunity to the entire community to hear Reyna speak on Wednesday night the 17th! Thank you for your support of this and all our School Grants. For a sneak peek, read the  Park Record article featuring an interview with Ms Grande.

The Red Apple Gala is Sold Out!      

Thank you! The Gala may have sold out, but you can still take part and help us raise money for PCEF programs.


For just $25 an opportunity, you can win a red cruiser bike courtesy of Cole Sport, along with a basket full of Red Bicycle Breadworks bread and Olive & Cocoa flowers!


Love to have fun with your friends? You can buy admission to fun parties hosted by fun people throughout the next year! Shopping, a moonlight snowshoe, curling, the summer BBQ Bash of the Year, a flip flop fiesta, an incredible wine tasting and pizza paring...have a ball and raise money for PCEF! 

Thanks to You, PCEF Raises over $1,000,000!       

Thanks to the generosity of our community, PCEF raised over $1.3 million this past fiscal year!


"It's gratifying and humbling to have this kind of community support," said PCEF Executive Director Abby McNulty. "Everyone in Park City knows the importance of a strong public education system, and is willing to make the investment to give our students a world class education."


With only a month into the new school year, PCEF has already committed over $650,000. "We've just committed over $300,000 to  District Grants, and, previously, almost $190,000 in School Grants . We also will provide $180,000 to support the new High Achieving Specialists at each elementary school," explained McNulty. "We're off to a great start!"


When you give at School Registration or to Beat the Call, support the Gala or Running with Ed, you directly contribute to PCEF's grant programs, and improve the education of every student in our district. Thank you!


To learn more, go to Investment in Education. Read all about it in the Park Record.

Teacher Spotlight - Denine Therrien 

Denine is a full day Kindergarten teacher at McPolin Elementary, and has been there for 10 years. Originally from Connecticut, she has degrees in Elementary Education with both Regular and Special Ed components, and Child & Youth Psychology with a minor in Science. After teaching Kindergarten for a few years in Connecticut, she applied to the University of Utah to start up and direct the ASUU Child Care program.


"I was ready for a change, and this sounded like a great job. I've always loved watching young children grow, love watching their 'Aha' moments. I ran the program at the U for several years, becoming an Adjunct Professor. But I missed being in the classroom so much, I applied for the Kindergarten position at McPolin. I chose McPolin as I really wanted to be in a diverse environment. I feel all children should have the opportunity to receive a good education, and it's up to me to figure out how to reach them. All I see is, 'here is a child who wants to learn.' McPolin really fosters that environment. And kids learn a lot from diversity."


Denine came from a big family, and she feels that background gave her the joy of learning and sharing in a classroom setting. She also enjoys the fact that, " I can watch my Kinder kids all the way through 5th grade. One of the best parts of the day for me is getting the smiles and hugs from all 'my' kids when I walk through the halls."


Denine has a son who is a freshman at Nichols College in Massachusetts. She is an avid gardener, loves to run and read, and is also very artsy. "Few people know this about me, but I like to draw, sculpt, and paint. And I'm crafty. My siblings and I used to have a business selling stuff we made, called Joe's Kids, named for my Dad."

Emily Gaudet

Emily is the 8th grade Social Studies teacher at Treasure Mountain Jr High, and has been there for six years. A Park City native, she, "always thought about being a teacher. I went to University of Denver and majored in Sociology with minors in History, Poli Sci, and Ecology. I studied abroad in Prague and loved it - I love Eastern European History. But I still wasn't sure what I wanted to do, and went to art school in San Francisco. Turns out I am NOT an artist. So I got my Masters in Secondary Social Studies Teaching."


She wanted to work only in Park City, so got a job as an aide and instructional support person at TMJH. "There were no Social Studies positions at that time. But that job allowed me to go into ALL the classrooms, and I learned a lot, including how to be a mentor. After two years, a Social Studies teaching position opened up, and I got the job. I love it! I'm usually nervous speaking in front of people, but the students are so accepting, and they get my goofy sense of humor."


"The best part about teaching in Park City is the community support. My neighbors have kids in my classes! And the teachers here care about the whole child. They are here because they want to be here. A lot of the teachers I had growing up are still here, and they are really helpful. Everyone benefits."


"The best part of my day is when I see my students enjoy learning. History gets a bad rap, so when the kids make that connection, I get really excited!"


Emily enjoys hiking and spending lots of time with friends and family, including her little girl Eloise. She also loves to organize. "I got to steam mop the other day! And because of me, Eloise now has to have all her toys in exactly the right place!"